Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. MONDAY, JUNE 12, 1905. THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION.
A start has now been made with the preliminary preparations for the next exhibition, which ia to be opened m Christchurch some time m 1906. The secretary has entered on-his duties recently, and strong and representative committees were appointed some few months ago. The holding of a colonial exhibition ia always an important and noteworthy event m the history of the colony; and the exposition that is set down for next year promises to eciipse anything of the kind yet seen m New Zealand. An effort will be made to make it the largest and most complete display of the world's products yet made m this country. Mr Donne, the Director of the Tourist Department, ia on a visit to America and the Old World for the purpose of securing the co-operation and assistance of the Governments and leading business men m the United States, Great Britain, and the countries of the Continent, and it is probable that the display at the coming International Exhibition will include exhibits from all the leading countries of the world. New Zealand will, of course, supply a large proportion of the exhibits, and every district will be represented. It is to be hoped that tbe Ashburton County will not be behindhand m this matter, and that an early start will be made with a view to ensuring adequate representation of the resources of the district. The county's display will, of course, be mainly composed of agricultural and pastoral products, and the two bodies that will be principally interested m ihe making of the arrangements, are the A; & P. Association and the Farmers' Union. The chief exhibits entered from thia county will be wool, wheat, flour, building stone, and coal —that is m addition to whatever display may be arranged for m connection with the frozen meat industry. The woollen mills and the flour mills may be trusted to do credit to themselvea and the county, and the varied collection of manufactures which the former of these will be ablo to bring before the publio ought to be one of the best of its class to be found m the exhibition. The Hills districts produce coal and building stone of good quality, and every effort should be made to make the exhibits of these products as attractive and striking as possible. There will also, it is to be supposed, be a number of other exhibits made by the retailers and manufacturers resident within the county, and these would be well advised m making an early start m endeavouring to evolve novel and effective methods for setting forth their entries. The wide area from which the objects on view m the coming exposition will be drawn furnishes a guarantee that visitors will be entertained with an abundance of quaint, original, striking, ani instructive exhibits, and the general excelleuce of the displays is certain to be a marked feature of the exhibition. Under these circumstances those who contemplate entering their work for exhibition purposes will have to aim at a high standard. The value of such functions as that proposed to be held m Christchurch next year must be placed high from an educational point of view, as the instruction and information which the public and manufacturers will derive from an inspection of new and improved methods of production should prove extremely valuable. It is sometime now since a large exhibition was held m tho colony, and m the meantime scientific discoveries and inventions and methods of manufacture have advanced steadily, and that advance will be visible m the exhibits, and more particularly m certain departments. The Government has promised substantial monetary assistance to the promoters of the exhibition, and from appearances at this early stage of the proceedings, success seems to be assured. There will be a large influx of people from the Commonwealth, America, and Britain, and the advertisement to the colony should prove well worth the cost.